Monday, August 12, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Hilton Naples 
5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

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Jeanne Sweeney 
Above Board Chamber of Florida 

Naples: Team Dynamics and Growing Companies! 


When we say that a leader is leading a ‘large team’ of employees, that one leader actually leads a handful of subordinate leaders, who then lead other subordinate leaders. The key is having the right leaders on your team to grow your company. Find out how our August panelists mastered this and grew their companies at the same time!

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Meet our Emcee:

  Vicki Thomas Tracy , Chief Operating Officer at Gulf Coast International Properties Vicky has multiple degrees from Central Michigan and the University of Michigan. Having raised millions of dollars for “her town”, she is often called upon when a “get it done” person and cheerleader or a chairperson for an event is called for. Vicki ’s name is always at the top of the list when a leader is needed. When calls come for a senior in need of care cheerleader she goes into overdrive as her passion for Senior’s remain her priority. She is the daughter of Darlene Thomas, single mother of 5 children, and married to her devoted husband Steve. You can always find Vicki at the helm or in a leadership role in the community making a difference in someone’s life, be the younger residents or our older one! Vicki served on the Executive Counsel of the Above Board Chamber of Florida.

 Olga Placeres is the COO & General Manager for Preferred Travel of Naples, the leading and most award-winning travel agency in SWFL. She oversees the day-to-day operations with a staff of 50+ advisors. She serves on several prestigious travel industry boards including Tauck Partner Advisory Board, Lindblad Expeditions Travel Advisory Board and Signature Board of Directors.  Recently, she was appointed to The Founders Scholarship Fund Board in Naples. Olga travels extensively for business and pleasure.

  Mayor Kevin Ruane, President/CEO of Quest Resources as new members to our Chamber. Quest Resources is a nationwide asset-based lending firm with offices in four states( NY, NJ, NC, and FL). We started our business in 1991 and have grown over the years. As an independent lending firm specializing in Franchises within the fitness, hair, spa and tanning industries we offer an alternative financing option. We have successfully assisted over twenty thousand businesses lending close to eight hundred million dollars. We work with major manufacturers, distributors, and franchises allowing small businesses to grow and prosper as many have capital requirements required for the expansion. Our management team has enabled us to expand into the financial marketplace. Banks, finance companies, and Wall Street continue to open their arms to our company. Our commitment is to provide creative financial options for our customers which enable them to expand and concentrate on developing their businesses. Kevin is also the Mayor of the City of Sanibel!. Kevin is a member of our chamber.

 Phil McCabe CEO/Owner, Inn on Fifth Avenue South Phil McCabe moved to Naples 35 years ago, and is most known as the owner and developer of the Inn on Fifth.  He has also developed two other hotels, and six restaurants, including the iconic McCabe’s Irish Pub.  Additionally, he has built numerous commercial, and residential projects with a focus on 5th Avenue.   His latest venture, The Residences at Fifth and Fifth, was recently completed, and rapidly sold out. Phil supports a variety of non-profit, and cultural organizations and has awarded more than 85 scholarships through Champions for Learning, to Collier County Students.   Phil has two sons who have recently completed their college education and are working alongside him.  

 Jennifer Wasmer Founder and President of DaySpring Communications. I have been in public relations and corporate communications for over 25 years. Because I believe that Communication is an Act of Love, my work now focuses on Authentic Communication – a methodology that enhances efficiency and effectiveness, reduces misunderstandings and missed opportunities, and infuses dignity and integrity into all relationships. My work is enriched by contemplative practice and self-inquiry. I am also a professional coach, strategic consultant, and yoga teacher. 

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